Workshop

Workshop: an intro to natural indigo dyeing with Samantha Russell and Tens Studio

20 April 2024
2 - 4pm
£15

Rooted in the historical and colonial legacies of the indigo plant, learn how to use this natural material to play, experiment, and create your own tie dye designs.

Rooted in the historical and colonial legacies of the indigo plant, learn how to use this natural material to play, experiment, and create your own tie dye designs.

The history of the indigo plant is one that is fundamentally tied into legacies of colonialism and slavery. Despite its cultural significance, enslaved Africans in Jamaica were not permitted to use indigo dyes recreationally.

Through her personal practice and work through Tens Studio, Samantha Russell uses indigo as a medium to acknowledge and respond to these histories, whilst celebrating contemporary indigo practices in Africa and the spirit of exploration and experimentation that the pigment embodies.

These histories are where this hands-on, practical workshop will begin, as we learn how to use a range of tie dye and resist dye techniques to create unique, experimental designs on cotton samples. You will be encouraged to play freely with the indigo and enjoy the process-centred approach it demands – there are no mistakes!

By nurturing this cultural engagement with indigo whilst contextualising its history, you will leave the workshop with a grounded understanding of the plant and the many stories it holds.

No experience necessary – all materials are provided!

This listing is supplied by one of our museum partners and is not moderated by Art Fund.

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